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Mark Brennan, born August 12th, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio, began playing guitar at the age of 10. His first influences were from the Ventures and the British Invasion, especially the Beatles and Rolling Stones. Shortly afterwards he was playing in rock bands with his brother on drums, developing his ear by learning songs straight from records. Playing in a band became a passion. (More)
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  • Meet Mark Brennan

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Mark's Contributions to JamPlay.com

Mark Brennan has 47 videos at JamPlay, with 29 beginner lessons, 12 song lessons, 4 Lick & Riff Library entries and 2 entertainment videos. Use the tabs below to learn more.

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Basic Electric Guitar

Mark's Phase 1 series will take you through the basics of playing electric guitar.

Lesson 1

Series Intro - Guitar...

Mark introduces his Phase 1 series and covers some fundamental electric guitar basics.

Length: 30:12
Lesson 2

Amplification

Mark provides a detailed overview of amplification. This lesson has some great info for...

Length: 33:55
Lesson 3

Using Tablature and...

Before we start rocking, Mark goes over some tools and training necessary to every beginning...

Length: 12:52
Lesson 4

Right Hand Technique

It's time to get some sound out of your guitar. Mark begins with picking hand technique.

Length: 31:34
Lesson 5

Left Hand Technique

Mark explains proper left hand technique from the ground up.

Length: 10:36
Lesson 6

Natural Notes in the...

Mark teaches you all of the natural notes played in first position. He uses two classic...

Length: 25:42
Lesson 7

The C Major Scale -...

It's time to learn your first scale - the C major scale in first position. Mark also explains...

Length: 21:31
Lesson 8

Chords in C major -...

Mark covers 7 basic chords in the key of C major.

Length: 35:14
Lesson 9

Chords in C major -...

Mark expands on chords in C major by showing full forms of the chords you learned in Part...

Length: 25:00
Lesson 10

Power Chord Primer

It's time to start making some noise by using power chords and palm muting. Mark gives...

Length: 36:43
Lesson 11

Open Position Minor...

Take your knowledge of the notes in the first position and start jamming on a simple pentatonic...

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Lesson 12

Blues Scale Basics with...

Let's build on lesson 11 with an extended discussion of the pentatonic scale. For lesson...

Length: 36:27
Lesson 13

Movable Power Chords

Mark explains how to finger power chords and how they can be moved anywhere on the fretboard....

Length: 16:28
Lesson 14

Rhythmic Notation Part...

Mark Brennan explains rhythmic notation, tempos, time signatures, note values, and more...

Length: 32:14
Lesson 15

The Key of G Major

Mark explores the key of G major in this lesson. He covers the first position pattern...

Length: 33:22
Lesson 16

Chords of G Major

Mark teaches the basic chords of G major as well as some other exercises to get you acquainted...

Length: 34:28
Lesson 17

The Key of D Major

Mark explains the basics of D major.

Length: 25:00
Lesson 18

Chords in D Major

Mark takes you through the chords of D major and explains some new ones that you haven't...

Length: 35:00
Lesson 19

More Movable Power Chords...

Mark continues his discussion of power chords. This time around, he explains the circle...

Length: 33:18
Lesson 20

The Movable Minor Pentatonic...

Mark teaches the 1st box of the minor pentatonic scale.

Length: 32:31
Lesson 21

The Minor Blues Scale...

Mark explains how you can transpose the pentatonic pattern covered in lesson 20 to the...

Length: 26:09
Lesson 22

Blues Boogie Shuffle

Mark teaches the difference between straight eighth notes and the shuffle feel.

Length: 42:33
Lesson 23

Amplification Part Two

In response to member requests, Mark added another amplification lesson to his growing...

Length: 40:45
Lesson 24

Introduction To Improvisation

In this lesson, Mark teaches some blues licks that can be used when improvising over a...

Length: 24:01
Lesson 25

The Key of A Minor

Mark covers the key of A minor.

Length: 29:36
Lesson 26

Two Movable Major Chord...

Mark teaches two movable major chord forms and gives many examples of how to practice...

Length: 26:10
Lesson 27

I-IV-V Progression Revisited

Mark Brennan shows you how to apply the chord forms learned in lesson 26 to a I-IV-V progression.

Length: 21:52
Lesson 28

Movable Dominant 7th...

Mark Brennan continues his teachings on movable chord forms. In this lesson he shows the...

Length: 19:49
Lesson 29

Movable Minor and Minor...

Mark Brennan teaches these minor chord forms and how they are movable up and down the...

Length: 21:29